CMS players hit the gridiron with improved protection
This year, Colonial Middle School has already begun to make some changes for the better. The school wants its students to be happy, healthy and safe. One huge step that the school has taken was providing new helmets for its football team.
The game of football is a highrisk collision sport, resulting in 67,000 diagnosed concussions in high school football each year. Many players get concussions without notifying coaches or parents and go back onto the fiHOG. 7hLs Ls whHn WhH DOUHDGy serious injury can become traumatic.
When someone gets a concussion, brain cells get stretched or damaged, and the brain may undergo chemical changes. These chemical changes can cause the brain to become more sensitive to any stress or injury until fully recovered.
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While one concussion is not going to cause an eighth-grade child to get dementia, it will increase the likelihood of that person getting more head injuries. Some doctors say that, after a concussion, one is up to three times as likely to get another. The more head injuries that students get here at the middle school, the more they are likely to get in high school, or even in everyday activities down the road.
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Of course, the players had helmets that were functional, but, being the key piece of safety equipment in the sport of football, they need to be maintained and sustained. With interior padding deteriorating and the outside of the helmets becoming dented and unstable, new helPHWs wHUH PRsW GHfinLWHOy nHHGed at Colonial Middle School.